Meet Our Teachers
Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner
By day, Anita works in Information Technology, but sheds her geek by night to teach yoga. Her classes are centered around the breath and encourage introspection. She is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a certified Reiki II practitioner.
Anita discovered yoga as a means to weather the storm of mid-life and to counter the effects of working behind a desk for many years. Yoga was so effective at that, she chose to go deeper and enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, studying the Jivasara method created by Cleveland teacher Marni Task. She says she had no intention of ever teaching and tried to disappear into the back corner during class, but the vibe that came together with 23 other kindred spirits during that nine month training changed her mind. The relationships made during and since training have continued to open her heart and mind, and allowed her to share that with others.
As a former massage therapist, I witnessed the benefits of relaxation and exercise to successfully manage stress. Yoga is one of the best practices I know to combine both of these elements in a way that’s both fun and effective. What you put into your practice, you get out of it!
My favorite thing about yoga is the peace and focus I feel when I’m on my mat. It’s time that’s just for me and where I want to go, even when some days are better than others. It’s nice to connect with others who are exploring their own goals through yoga. My goal as a teacher is to help students find their best way to connect with the calm
inside them; strengthening the mind-body connection through gentle movement and breath.
Jen McCarter currently works as the Wellness Coordinator for Lean In Recovery Center, a men's sober living program in Lakewood. She is an E-RYT (7 years) and certified Yoga Health Coach. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education from The University of Oregon. As yoga practitioner of 28 years she has a deep respect for the practices that have helped her live a meaningful and transformational life.